F1 gets ready for pre-season testing on 5th February (w/VIDEO)

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With just 48 days until the start of Practice 1 at the Melbourne Grand Prix, the F1 teams are hard at work finalising development while preparing for their all-important media launches, most of which will occur in early-February (see below for details).

Mercedes stole our attention during the past week with Toto Wolff joining as their new Motorsport Director, Lewis Hamilton’s arrival at the factory and those mischievous rumours about McLaren’s Paddy Lowe taking over from Ross Brawn.

Ferrari, ran their annual Wrooom event held with Ducati at Madonna di Campiglio ski resort in the Italian Dolomites, and this year the team confirmed that Felipe Massa will debut their new car, while new recruit Pedro De La Rosa will share testing duties with the Brazilian at Jerez between 5th and 8th February. Meanwhile Fernando Alonso will miss this first test session while he focuses on his physical preparations for the season ahead.

Lotus F1 were first to share something about their new car (listen below), while McLaren are first with a promo video to shake off those winter blues and re-focus our minds on racing.

Absent from the launch schedule below is Marussia, who parted company with Timo Glock this week (losing him to BMW’s DTM squad) and are yet to confirm his replacement. Marussia are known to have made a loss of $48million in 2012 (losing out on the $12million of prize money for 10th place in the constructors championship) and are thought to be in the throngs of negotiating the final seat – perhaps with either Vitaly Petrov or Adrian Sutil.

Note: We’ll update this page as we receive more launch content from the teams. Please check back regularly if you’d like to keep in touch.

Launch content

Published: Jan 26, 2013  –  

Lotus F1: When Kimi Raikkonen met Matt LeBlanc…

They said: You know we do things a little differently here… But some things never change. Follow the E21 Live Launch right here on YouTube at 19:15 (GMT) on January 28th 2013.

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Published: Jan 26, 2013  –  

Lewis Hamilton – My First Day with MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS (teaser)

They said: Follow Lewis Hamilton around during his first day at the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team factory! More soon..

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Posted: 23 January, 2013 

Lotus F1 Team E21 First Fire-Up

They said: Yesterday we recorded our 2013 #F1 challenger -the E21- coming to life for the 1st time! A video will also be available on Monday (28th January).

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Published: Jan 25, 2013  –  

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes MP4-28 – Be a Part of History – SNEEK PEEK

They said: 50 Years in the making. 62 front-row lock-outs, 155 pole positions, 182 wins.

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team is competing in the 2013 Formula 1 World Championship with drivers Sergio Perez, Jenson Button and test and development drivers Gary Paffett and Oliver Turvey. McLaren has competed in Formula 1 since 1966 and is one of the most successful Formula 1 teams with 182 Grands Prix wins. The team has also claimed 12 Formula 1 Drivers’ World Championships and eight Formula 1 World Constructors’ Championships.

The MP4-28 will be born on January 31st 2013. Be part of it. Watch the MP4-28 car reveal LIVE on YouTube – 31.01.13

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Scheduled new car launches

# Team Date Venue
1st Lotus F1 January 28th Enstone, UK
2nd McLaren F1 January 31st Woking, UK
3rd Scuderia Ferrari February 1st Maranello, Italy
4th Force India February 1st Silverstone, UK
5th Sauber F1 February 2nd Hinwil, Switzerland
6th Red Bull Racing February 3rd Milton Keynes, UK
7th Mercedes AMG February 4th Jerez, Spain
8th Toro Rosso February 4th Jerez, Spain
9th Caterham F1 February 5th Jerez, Spain
10th Williams F1 February 19th Barcelona, Spain